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26 September 2019

Feminist diplomacy: new commitments from France

France has announced several major commitments at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

"We must give legal status" to femicide, declared the President of the Republic while addressing the United Nations. Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege thanked "Emmanuel Macron and Marlène Schiappa for France’s pledge of €6 million to finance the fund to compensate women who are victims during conflict". France is the first country to contribute to this.

During a conference chaired by Marlène Schiappa, the President of the Republic’s wife also paid a surprise visit to the Advisory Council for Gender Equality to recognise their work, in the presence of  Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize winner and co-President of the Council.

France has also expanded the coalition of countries joining the Biarritz Partnership on Gender Equality, which was established within the framework of the G7: many countries have already made a commitment this week, including Spain, Sweden, Ireland, and South Africa.

France has also committed to protecting children in times of conflict with a ten-fold increase in its financial support for the Global Partnership for Education, amounting to €200 million between 2018 and 2020.

Following the Epstein affair, Marlène Schiappa met Sarah Ziff, founder of Model Alliance, which works against sexual harassment and violence against models as well as economic violence, at the French Consulate General in New York, along with French Ambassador, Philippe Etienne.

At the UN, Marlène Schiappa also announced the dates of the Generation Equality Forum, with the Executive Director of UN Women and the Mexico representative. This will be launched in May 2020 in Mexico and will be held from 7 to 10 July 2020 in Paris. Addressing the United Nations, the President of the Republic called upon all countries to commit to this major project, under the aegis of UN Women.